Lilly Singh's YouTube channel, ||Superwoman||, is aptly named.
Singh has more than 8 million subscribers and 1 billion views on the video sharing platform. Last year, she raked in a cool $2.5 million, making her one of the world's highest-earning YouTube stars. Her feature-length movie, "A Trip to Unicorn Island," was one of the first originals distributed on YouTube Red, the premium version of the platform.
Singh's success hasn't gone unnoticed. She's won a Streamy Award for best first person series in an online video, and in 2015 she made both the Forbes 2016 30 under 30 list and People's 2015 Ones to Watch list.
Although being a YouTube star seems like a glamorous new media career, Singh's steps to success are steeped in classic methods that could be applied to any other industry. Her No. 1 piece of advice is that entrepreneurs shouldn't wait for something to fall into their lap.
"There's no escalators, there's only staircases to success," she said. "There is no substitute for hard work."